Playmaking ability is a trait that can't be taught and its something that Micah Young has already shown he's capable of in his young career so far. Consider that the past 8 years or so the starting quarterback for the Byrnes Rebels has been the son of former head coach Bobby Bentley in Shuler Bentley (Old Dominion) and Chas Dodd (Rutgers) and it'll be interesting to see how Young asserts himself early on. From our talk with the 2016 prospect he's mature beyond his age and is confident that he can help his team recapture their winning ways again over the next two seasons, that's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
The 5'11 175 pound prospect has lined up for the Rebels at wide receiver and backup quarterback last season but it now appears that its his team to guide under new head coach Brian Lane. We asked the 2016 prospect what his mind set is heading towards next season.
"My mindset is being a leader and taking control of my team. We have a bunch of great players coming back and I have to have my team ready physically and mentally. Its not all about one person, it's going to take all eleven guys to make a difference on the field."
Having played some quarterback in mop up duty for the Rebels Young has shown flashes of brilliance and he talked about what areas he shines and what aspects he hopes to improve upon to get better moving forward.
"I have a big arm and I can throw well on the run. I also have good footwork. Not only can I do those things but I can step up in the pocket and deliver a strike to my receivers."
"I want to be more accurate and I want to improve my ball skills. I also want to get even better with my feet and becoming better as a pocket passer."
With a new head coach in Brian Lane who was also a former Byrnes star quarterback during his play days we asked Young about what he's picked up from Lane.
"I've learned to be more vocal and also understanding coverages better. He expects me to lead in every way whether its on the field or in the classroom. He's also built more confidence in me."
Having seen Young in action personally we already had a comparison in mind when we posed him our next question as to who he says his game most resembles and why?
"I would compare myself to Russell Wilson because I can move in and out of the pocket and I have good vision. We're also undersized at our positions."
The Rebels like Young said will return a strong core of offensive weapons like receivers Tavin Richardson, Jaylan Foster, Braylin Collins, and others as well as running backs Isiah Hill and Najee Bowens. Young says he's already got a strong rapport and chemistry with the group and talked about it with us.
"Most definitely, we've been working very hard. I know my receivers very well because I've played many years with those guys from little league and on up. We spend a lot of time together bonding and coming closer to each other to build more chemistry together."
Looking ahead to his junior season next year Young shared his goals for the team and himself in 2014.
"My personal goals for the season are to lead my team to a state championship! I could care less about the awards because its not about me. I want to win and its going to take everyone to win the state championship."
Just a sophomore Young already has early interest from a handful of schools and he also talked at length about two programs that he has already visited with.
Those schools Young says are recruiting him as an athlete.
"I enjoyed my visit to Temple. I was able to see the campus and see the city. The coaches told me they liked my film and want me to come to some camps there. My favorite part of the visit was being in the environment and seeing the players. I love the campus and it's just a great place to be."
"I went to Junior Day at Appalachian State along with my teammates Braylin Collins, Najee Bowens, and Shaedon Meadors who signed with them. I didn't get to participate in the Junior Day activities but I was able to speak to coach Stepp and coach Foster while I was there."
With a confidence while still being humble Young is a player we expect to excel under center for the Rebels with an assortment of talented players around him. We'll keep you updated with his recruitment as we anticipate it starting to take off once the season starts come August.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...MICAH YOUNG
Bench press: 235 pounds
Squat: 345 pounds
Power clean: 215 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.52 seconds
Last year as a sophomore Young accounted for 780 yards and 6 touchdowns
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